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He’d had too much to drink and it made everyone uncomfortable. I guess our friends just are not heavy drinkers. . ” Refusal skills. ” A typical respondent declared, “If everybody is drinking and I feel like having a drink I’ll have a drink. ” Viewing alcoholics as outsiders. Jewish respondents associated heavy drinking and alcoholism with non-Jews. The authors noted that Jews commonly use the Yiddish expression shikker vie a goy (drunk as a Gentile). As one respondent claimed, “It sounds like a stupid generalization, but non-Jewish people drink more heavily than Jewish people.

Remember that these terrifically radical results were published by a government agency—the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—that swears to this day alcoholics can recover only by abstaining. Why Do Those in Treatment Relapse More Often? Of course, some people benefit from alcohol treatment; it may even save their lives. But the NLAES snapshot of treated and untreated alcoholics tells us such treatment is not a cure-all. In fact, according to this comprehensive study, alcohol treatment in the United States is not particularly effective.

And we would be right. But, as we know, some professional athletes do become addicts or alcoholics. What are we to make of such glaring exceptions to the idea that people who value their health won’t harm themselves with drugs and booze? We can provide several explanations for these exceptions. First of all, not all good, or even great, athletes value their bodies and health as much as we might think. ) As children, they might have learned to place a strong emphasis on their performance, but not necessarily on taking care of their bodies.

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